11 Ways to Sneak Exercise Into Your Day

1. Put your favorite walking shoes by the door at night so you’ll see them first thing in the morning. They’ll remind you that getting out there is a priority…

[step-list-wrapper title=”” time=””][step-item number=”1.” image_url=”” title=”Put your favorite walking shoes by the door” ] at night so you’ll see them first thing in the morning. They’ll remind you that getting out there is a priority.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2.” image_url=”” title=”Have a destination in mind.” ] Going to the store, post office, newsstand, or coffee house makes walking seem more purposeful and time-worthy.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”3.” image_url=”” title=”Book walking time on your calendar.” ] Once you’ve booked the time, post adhesive reminder notes on the fridge and doors to spur you on — a technique shown to work in studies.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”4.” image_url=”” title=”Enlist a friend to walk with you.” ] If that’s not possible, to call and ask if you’ve walked. A sense of accountability is one of the best motivators for exercise.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”5.” image_url=”” title=”Find an article of clothing” ] that fit when you weighed 10 percent less or a photo of yourself at the time. Place it on your dresser as an inspirational reminder of your goal.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”6.” image_url=”” title=”Running an errand nearby?” ] Get on your feet instead of in the car.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”7.” image_url=”” title=”In airports, walk around the terminal?” ] while waiting for your flight — and avoid the moving sidewalks.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”8.” image_url=”” title=”During TV commercials,” ] walk in place, climb up and down the stairs, or take a spin around the perimeter of the house.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”9.” image_url=”” title=”Don’t fight for parking.” ] Avoid the aggravation of jockeying for a space close to the door and park farther away.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”10.” image_url=”” title=”Return your shopping cart” ] to the front of the store instead of leaving it in the parking lot.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”11.” image_url=”” title=”Instead of using the drive-through,” ] go inside.[/step-item]
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Originally Published in Reader's Digest

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